Wednesday, September 30, 2009


In Karl Fisch video “2020 Vision,” what matters is that there will be a great increase in education through technology throughout our lives and into the future because that is what is most convenient to our world. Mr. Fisch’s other video, “Did You Know” talks about how different our world will be in the near future and that is what this “2020 Vision” is saying as well. Instead of just saying the future will be different though, this video actually predicts what is going to happen.. The majority of the predictions he made were something to do with google and how it grew. Google will become a major part of education and replace the normal lectures and homework that we have now. He also predicts that Google will actually create an online university. Is google going to know everything detail about every person? How would that help our society? Technology is going to become the way of education in the future, which we already see a little bit of now. Technology is increasing every year in schools. Such as more kids are bringing their laptops to school or, more teachers are using blogs, or moodle as homework assignments. Power Point presentations and Smart Boards have already taken place of most traditional lectures. All this shows is that technology is taking over education. Throughout our lives and into the future technology will completely envelope education and make our lives much easier and faster.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


“H1N1, Skype, and a Possible Tipping Point,” by Karl Fisch was interesting to me because I think that is a great idea and great use of technology. With using skype to be a part of the class, students don’t have to worry about make up work as much because they heard the lecture and can understand the homework. Usually when you are sick makeup work just adds stress because you don’t know how to do the homework or you don’t understand it. I wish I had known about skypeing into class when I was sick because I was way behind on my work even though I only missed two days. Skype is a great use of technology and a great way to stay in touch and not fall behind in school.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


In "Did you know 4.0," by Karl Fisch the facts about phones were surprising to me because they are so useful in our daily lives. 93% of adults have a cell phone, which probably means around 75% of teens have a cell phone. Among those teens the average amount of texts in a month is 2,272, showing that teens use their phones a lot! Cell phones are becoming more useful because they have Facebook and Twitter and the Internet programed on them including everything else a phone can do. Everyone uses their phone and phones are becoming more common and more useful everyday.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


In the Michael Wesch video, “A Vision of a Student Today,” technology is becoming the main source of learning because that is how our world is moving forward. One example I thought was interesting was the girl will read 8 books, 2300 web pages, and 1281 Facebook profiles in that year. Another example is that the guy will buy hundred dollar textbooks that he will never open. Where is he going to get the information he needs other than from the teacher’s mouth? On his computer, the Internet. Our world is moving forward by using primarily technology for our source of information. Other than what teachers tell us, the Internet is where us students get the majority of our information. Technology is becoming a main source of learning and soon will be the main source.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


In the article, “What is 21st Century Learning?” by David Warlick I agree with him that the main points in learning are questioning, engaging, proving, constructing, and teaching others because they are all needed to learn in the best and fastest way. These all go in chronological order as well; first you question and begin to understand. Then you engage by doing homework or taking notes. After that you prove what you learned by checking your notes or other resources. Construction by adding on your own knowledge to what you have already learned. Finally you help others and they can help you figure how you came to conclusion or what you learned. Questioning, engaging, proving, construction, and teaching others are the most efficient ways to learn in this century.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


In the article by David Warlick, “The Answer for Textbook Publishers,” I disagree with him because if we make textbooks smaller and put them on smaller devises it will make it very easy to get distracted.. It is hard enough to focus with a textbook and then a phone or ipod, mix them together and homework will never get done. Whenever I try to access an online textbook I am always distracted by facebook, or youtube, and my phone. How would this change if I could get a textbook on my phone? Textbooks aren’t that bad to carry around, and I usually only have to carry one home a night. Yes, making textbooks smaller would be more convenient but I don’t think that it would help students in any way, it would only make it easier to get distracted while doing homework.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


In Clive Thompson’s article, “The New Literacy,” I agree with what Andrea Lunsford says. She believes that technology has helped our writing not hurt it. One of her main points was that students do so much more writing outside of school now than they did before Internet. People are always writing to an audience, whether it is one person or many, professor or friends. Students were more excited to write about anything other than their schoolwork because their homework was only being done to get a grade. “ … knowing who you’re writing for and why you’re writing might be the most crucial factor of all.” Technology causes us to practice our writing making it better and better every time we write.

Monday, September 7, 2009


In the video, "The Machines are Us/ing Us," by Dr. Wesch was confusing to me. I was not sure what Dr. Wesch was trying to get across in this video. One subject that was a little over my head was when he was talking about how structeral elements describe the content not the form of a document. i don't know what that means or why that is important. Also, I was confused when the video talked about how we are teaching the machines, and teaching them ideas. That doesn't make any sense to me. I don't understand how "the machines are using us," and "the machines are us." I thought the video was interesting but i didn't understand the point of the video and why the video was made.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


In the video, “More than a passing trend part II,” by Karl Fisch, what mattered to me was the size of the social media. One example is that if Facebook became a country on its own, it would have the fourth largest population, behind the US. It took Facebook only nine months to gather 100 million users, and it took nine months for the Ipod application store to reach 1 billion users. Ashton Kutcher has more twitter followers that the population of Ireland, Norway, and Panama. YouTube is the second largest search engine with 100,000,000 videos. These facts go on and on about social media, which blows me away, I knew it was large but I didn’t realize it was that massive.